Why You Shouldn’t Go into Medicine

Here are a few reasons why you should think long and hard before going to medical school:

1. You like to help people. So did my kindergarten teacher who had a rockin’ sweet, life-size, laminated poster of a Blue Whale.

2. You are smart and like science. So are the guys who work for Boeing and my physics undergrad tutor who gets paid to get a PhD and the girl who invented Kevlar. Yeah, a girl invented Kevlar.

3. Your dad was a doctor… whose dad was a doctor…. whose dad was a doctor. This isn’t the 1850’s. And despite the fact that medical school curriculum has remained the same since when those dinosaurs roamed the earth, you needn’t pursue any career for legacy’s sake.


4. Money. You’d make a touch less as a high school teacher.

5. You think it will give you flexibility before age 29. Dearest ladies of the world, every woman that works outside the home can’t have it all. Yet every woman can make it work for kids/sigO/friends outside the home. And I’m sure Sheryl Sandburg might lean in on that.

6. You’re a life-long learner. Yay! See #2

7. You like being in charge and running things. I do too. But I wouldn’t trade away countless hours in the library, 2 more years as a hospital peon, and then 3 years of residency if I could dive straight into the rat race of the corporate world.

8. You just thought you might try it. I’d rather listen to middle school dribble on repeat than be an M1 again.



P.S. I also wrote about why you should go here!


    • So true. It took many conversations with people close to me to realize that though these are really good reasons, what makes one tick at the end of the day or almost a sense of calling, for lack of a better word, seems key. Not just for getting through medical school, toward some goal, but being happy with the end game too.

  1. I agree – M1 year absolutely stunk. I’m so glad it is behind me. I wish I had been warned beforehand. I was told the worst year was the third year. I can’t imagine anything being worse than first year. Ironically the hard part had nothing to do with the courses, just letting go of an audit life and diving into the hell of medical school. Keep writing. Cheers

    • No one told me either! Once and awhile, I work at a hospital in my home town and it wasn’t until I finished first year and was cranky about it that doctors said that the first year is the worst and life gets better. My mom simply added that I wouldn’t have listened to their warnings anyways!


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